Select committee to scrutinise climate department’s work

A select committee has been created to scrutinise the work of the new Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The new committee will be established on 1 January 2009. It will have a maximum of 14 members, which are not likely to be announced until the new year.

DECC was established in October (ENDS Report 405, p 4-5 ). The Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has since dropped its inquiry into international climate policy after 2012, as this is no longer the Environment Department’s remit.

It will however continue with its inquiry on energy efficiency and fuel poverty. It had previously abandoned it, but decided the issues were so pressing that the inquiry should not be delayed until the new committee is created. It has published a special report of the evidence submitted to the inquiry.1

Last month the House of Commons International Development Committee announced an inquiry into sustainable development in a changing climate.2 This will look at the challenges of economic development in poor countries, which will suffer disproportionately in the face of climate change. It will also consider the potentially adverse effects for developing countries of international climate change mitigation policies.

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